Failed Attempt to Resuscitate a Dead Policy
- Failed Attempt to Resuscitate a Dead Policy
Alberto N Jones
December 25, 2005
In the fall of 2003, a commission that was headed by then Secretary of
Colin Powell and Senator Mel Martinez, were given the disgraceful task to
prepare and present to President George W. Bush, a comprehensive plan for
Regime Change in Cuba. In the month of May 2004 this mission was
by delivering 500 pages of a shameful and vulgar neo-colonial document,
euphemistically described as Recommendations for the Commission for
to a Free Cuba.
The only difference this time, was the brutality and viciousness of the
measures that were implemented. Cousins and aunts are no longer families,
family visits to Cuba are now restricted to once every three years prior
request/approval by the US Treasury Department, only $100.00 per month can
to any acceptable household, irrespective of the number of family members
the most elaborate tracking system, record keeping and fine enforcement
against illegal travelers, is more numerous and sophisticated than what is
established against Al Qaida and Bin Laden.
The first recorded attempt by the United States government to ovethrow the
Cuban government took place in Washington DC on May 19, 1959, with the
of the White Rose, a group headed by Dr. Rafael Diaz-Balart, former Minister
of Interior of the government of Fulgencio Batista and father of our two US
Congressmen, Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart (R Miami).
This open intervention into the internal affairs of another country was
followed by a massive sabotage campaign, assassinations attempts of
officials, the infamous invasion of the Bay of Pigs, the Missile Crisis,
Operation Mangoose, the world longest and fiercest blockade that so far,
served only to destroy that country infrastructure, inflict indescribable
and suffering on its people and delay its development.
Rather than achieve their delusion, Cuba have withstood these hostile
actions, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the eastern bloc countries,
which Cuba did more than 70% of its financial transactions and purchased its
And what historians will describe as the most unprincipled and wicked
of the government of the United States, by openly ignoring a basic premise
of decency in war, peace, sports or human relation that says, while your
opponent is down, you help him up and you do not punch him while on the
even if the fight will continue later.
The Torricelli Bill was introduced and enacted into law by this US
Congressman from New Jersey, who was later caught red-handed, selling his
votes to the highest bidder, in exchange for designer suits, tickets for
sporting events and meals.
Years later, it was rabid anti-Cuba, ultra-conservative, known racist from
Senator Helms, who with the help of Senator Burton from Indiana,
successfully introduced an ammendment that carries their names, further
noose around Cuba, which according to plans, should bring down that
in the next three months, which lead Senator Helms to exclaim: that he did
not care how Castro would leave, vertical or horizontal, but he must go!
This diabolic triad - the collapse of the Soviet Union and the eastern bloc
countries, the Torricelli and the Helms Burton Bill-, led Cuba into a
financial spin, that brought the entire country to a stand still.
Electricity was available 2-3 hours a day, there were no means of
lack of medicine was near absolute and hunger and malnutrition was wide
The only historical comparison that Cuba had for this massive human
disaster, was the Reconcentration in 1896 when General Valeriano Weyler,
then head of
the Spanish occupying forces, forcefully concentrated tens of thousands of
peasants into cities, hoping to deprive the Cuban Army of Independence of
support base, causing the death of tens of thousands of innocent citizens
through hunger, overcrowding and disease.
Had President George W. Bush, General Colin Powell, Mel Martinez and others
in his administration not followed the recipe and pressures of the
ultra-right-wing Cuban-American community in Miami or had they reviewed
101, they would not have failed so stridently and miserably.
Their pathological obsession with that country and its leaders, their need
for personal recognition which they hope to achieve by being the ones who
topple that countryâ€™s government, lead them to keep on
coming back for more and
more mistakes, failures and embarrasment.
Rather than rescind this immoral, despicable and revolting attempt to
overthrow another government that have done them no harm, their actions
the misery that others imposed on millions of people that were forcefully
away from their families, their homeland and tragically, the modern
perpetrators of this heinous act are no other than Colin Powell and
Rice, sons and daughters of those victims, that they have now openly
And now, rather than devoting herself and her intellect to search for ways
to extract thousands of US soldiers trapped in an ever-deepening quagmire in
Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has reconvened this bellicose,
anti-Cuba commission, which they have flooded with millions of dollars, not
alliviate the pain and suffering of victims of Katrina in New Orleans, the
Tsunami in Indonesia or the earthquake in Pakistan. Instead, millions of
will be poured into dark holes of their cronies, some of which will be
on Radio and TV Marti, their hand-picked, trained and nurtured
in Cuba, who have turned this into their modus-vivendi, with a steady
of dollars that allow them to live above the average citizen in Cuba and
rest will be recycled back into the US political machinery at the local,
state and national level, to further exert their coercive power on every
Against these individuals and their deep bank account is
forged in the struggle and blood of exemplary sons and daughters such as
Antonio Maceo, Mariana Grajales, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, Quintin
Banderas, Jose Marti and a myriad of others patriots, who laid the
cleared the trail through which our people will walk in defense of their
independence and sovereignty, without ever taking into account the risks
sacrifices that is required to preserve their independence, their flag,
and their honor.
Poet Bonifacio Byrne said it best in the past century.
â€œIf someday we would
see our flag ripped in pieces, even the dead, raising their hands, would
still know how to defend itâ€.
Bonificio Byrne, our XIX century poet said it best. â€œIf
someday we would
see our flag ripped in pieces, even our dead, raising their hands, would
know how to defend itâ€.
Poor Condi and her friends!!
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